From the Chief Executive: May

Thursday, May 13, 2021

The past two months at Eastern Health created significant challenges and demonstrated the remarkable resilience of our staff in providing care to our community.

Through the impacts of the criminal cyber attack, and considerable peaks in patient demand throughout many of our services, our incredible team has shown innovation, determination and agility in delivering great care everywhere, every time.

We know some of these challenges have also had an impact on our patients, their families and the community.  We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding and patience as we seek to meet our high expectations.

It is also worth recognising some of the events we have been able to highlight during this time.

  • Patient Experience week (April 23 - 27) – feedback from our consumers and their families is a true gift and we value how this can enhance the quality of care we provide.
  • International Day of the Midwife (May 5) and International Nurses Day (May 12) – as the largest workforce across Eastern Health, we are exceedingly grateful to all our nurses and midwives for the work they do.
  • Rethink Addiction in Australia (May 6) – hosted by Turning Point at Federation Square, we engaged industry leaders to continue the important conversation about addiction treatment in this country. We thank all who continue to support our efforts after this sold out event.
  • Pride Cup (May 8) – Eastern Health celebrates the diversity of our community and strives to be an inclusive service. As a symbol of support, we have taken an active role in supporting this important event and encourage our community to support us to achieve this.

And throughout this period we have successfully commenced community COVID-19 vaccinations at both our Ringwood and Box Hill locations. Vaccination against COVID-19 is a vital step for the health and safety of our staff and the broader community, and when you have an opportunity, I highly recommend you receive your injection.  

Thank you again for the ongoing support.

Warm regards,

David